Personalized Small Group Tour Package:
Granite Ghost Town and Ringing Rocks – Montana
The Granite Ghost Town and Ringing Rocks Tour are some of our favorites. Above all this tour will give you a glimpse of the geological and cultural history of Montana. Moreover, you will be able to visit both Granite Ghost Town State Park and Ringing Rocks Monument in Montana. This package requires a minimum of two booking customers to take place. However, the tour is only available in June, July, August, and September depending on Pandemic, availability, road openings, and closures. Requires two-month advance booking. Subsequently, the package includes a non-refundable deposit of $200 per person. In addition, cancellations must be requested a minimum of one month’s notice (30 days) to receive a refund of package cost minus the non-refundable deposit.
The Granite Ghost Town and Ringing Rocks Package
Package includes 2 nights, a 3-day tour package of rustic Montana’s gold mining and geology near Phillipsburg, Montana. The package covers 1 person in attendance within a group of up to 6 individuals or attendees (or whatever limit is recommended by the state due to pandemic concerns 2020-2021). Package includes the use of a tent, sleeping bag, pillow, lantern, and gear for 2 nights; dinner on night one and two, marshmallows, and fellowship under the stars. Breakfast is included on the morning of days 2 and 3. Lunches are up to participants to cover. The package includes your portion of the campsite for two nights, any state park/BLM/USFS fees associated with the tour, transportation to and from the campsite to Granite Ghost Town, and Ringing Rocks Monument. Each day there will be a pitstop in local towns for provisions.
Attendee is responsible for arriving on their own to Phillipsburg, Montana. Airport shuttles from Butte or Missoula can be arranged before noon of day 1 for an additional fee.
Tentative itinerary for Granite Ghost Town and Ringing Rocks:
Day 1: Camping
Pickup from local town hub (you are responsible to arrive on time at the designated location or will be responsible to get to the campsite on your own. If you decide to drive your own vehicle to the campsite, you will be responsible for any extra-vehicle parking fees the campground charges). Drive to the campground – set up camp, pitch tents, and set up your sleeping quarters. (You will need to pitch the tent that we are loaning you and organize your own bedding, we are available to assist with instruction if needed). Official Meet and Greet.
6 pm – Campfire (if permitted) we’ll gather around and have dinner together (Meat and/or veggie patties or dogs, beans, and lemonade); hang around the fire (if permitted) and roast marshmallows (if desired) with mugs of hot cocoa.
A good rest is recommended for the night.
Day 2: Granite Ghost Town
We’ll awake and cook breakfast (likely eggs/beans/juice or pancakes/hashbrowns/juice) : At 9 am we’ll depart to Granite Ghost Town and Mines State Park, drive up the bumpy mountain, park and head off to explore the town for a few hours. Our tour guide Archaeologist Tom Baurley will show you around giving you a historical tour of the ruins, features, and mines. You’ll have time to explore on your own as well. We’ll picnic and eat the lunches we brought with us (you bring your own). Then we’ll head back down the mountain to the historic town of Phillipsburg. We’ll have an hour to shop around and explore, then head back to camp. We’ll rest and then have dinner and campfire again with fellowship.
Day 3: Ringing Rocks
We’ll pack up our tents and gear, check out of the campground and head off to Ringing Rocks Monument off-road on Bureau of Land Management lands. We’ll go hammer on the rocks and explore the area. Archaeologist Tom Baurley will talk about the myths and geology of the rocks. We’ll have a picnic lunch again with the lunches we packed then head back to civilization. We’ll say our goodbyes and head out into our own travels.
Learn more about the tour here.